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Group shared doctor appointments! This is a new one to me!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

On the TV ibn the waiting room was information on shared appointments. I had never heard of that. Wow! Is this what medicine is coming to?

Quoted from the article:
"Would you mind if a dozen total strangers sat in on your next doctor visit?

While shared medical appointments may seem like a radical departure from traditional one-on-one care, they've made steady inroads into primary care practices since the model was introduced in the early 1990s. The American Academy of Family Physicians estimates that the number of family physicians using group doctor visits doubled in five years, from 5.7 percent in 2005 to 12.7 percent in 2010.

Instead of getting the standard 15 minutes of face time with their physician, patients with similar medical issues who are willing to meet en masse can spend their usual health insurance copayment and receive up to two hours of advice on how to cope with their condition from their doctor, the doctor's medical staff -- and each other. Attendees must sign a confidentiality waiver, however, to ensure that what happens in group stays in group."

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LIS193 5/16/2014 11:04AM

    It seems the care is rapidly vanishing from health care!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/15/2014 6:21PM

    Hmm, money saving anyway.

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AQUAGIRL08 5/14/2014 1:31PM

    Interesting. I haven't heard of this before!

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MPETERSON2311 5/14/2014 12:04PM

    I agree with FROSTY99....not really wanting to try it, but if I had to do it I would

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 5/14/2014 10:02AM

    dh had "shared appnt's" for diabetic educational training. I think things along that line are ok, but the one-on-one is the way to go for most things imho.

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FITMARY 5/14/2014 8:36AM

    Interesting! For chronic conditions, it might be very useful.

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DONNABRIGHT 5/14/2014 7:04AM

    It sounds like a great educational tool but I don't see how it would qualify for a true visit with your doctor and I am amazed that insurance covers something like this.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 5/14/2014 1:43AM

    we have something similar here but they are not called that and they donīt happen on a weekly basis here it is called shulung and they have them for asthma,diabetes and other chronic illnessīs i have only been to the asthma ones with zakariya and one time to one on nutrition which was basically bases on people with diabetes which wasnīt that informative to me.the asthma one especially as it was aimed at children i thought was great.there are 4 times a year always on a saturday two of them are 5 hours and two are two hours long the 2 hour one always go affter the 5 hours and is really a refresher and Q&A session to see if the kids paid attention at the big session.i think it is great that the kids get to know other kids andthat they know they are not alone.they still have normal hospital and drīs check ups etc as and when long as the people who take part are ok with it and that they still have the option to do there normal one to one when needed i think it is a great idea especially for children as my son takes more notice at theese schulungs than he does at a one to one with the dr.i know shouldnīt be so but is the is like the principals of self helf groups and there are so many of them as it is proven they work.drīs also learn more about the patience as what a person might forget to say to a dr in their session if someone metion it from the group they might be reminded and say oh yeh that happened to me too,did you also have that as more information gets shared that might be lost.i inow zakariya said some things that happened in school with the group that he hadnīt mentioned to me as he had forgot but one of the othere kids or mothers mention havenīt said what your idea is of i said provided the regular one to one is still available i think it is great and it really does work i have been using this system for years.

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JUSTME9898 5/14/2014 1:40AM

    I do not even like it when the nurse sees my weight

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LINOVER 5/13/2014 9:51PM

    I have never heard of this one either and also don't think I would be interested either.

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2HAMSDIET 5/13/2014 8:44PM

    It might be good for some conditions to have the imput of others.

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MBPP50 5/13/2014 8:27PM

    Thanks for sharing this interesting info. Don't think I would be inte rested though.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/13/2014 8:08PM

    Hmmm . . . it is an interesting concept that could work for SOME chronic problems, depending on what your particular needs are.

Being diabetic, I could see the value in a group appt. as all of us would have some experiences to share that would be invaluable. I think, if you're dealing with a complication that requires, for example, a medication adjustment, that would be a situation where I'd prefer a one-on-one. It will be interesting to see how this model progresses, and I think honestly it will.

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GINNABOOTS 5/13/2014 8:06PM

    I have never heard of that, not something I would be interested in, but if it works for some that's great.

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FROSTY99 5/13/2014 7:34PM

    Don't think I am going to be rushing to try this one out!

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